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Wilmington Man Sentenced in Revenge Murder Case

Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | News | Date Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2022



A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 2018 murder. On August 26, Elgin Wilson, 20, pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, suspended after 20 years for descending levels of probation. Wilson also pleaded guilty to Conspiracy 2nd Degree and was sentenced separately to two years in prison, suspended for probation.

Wilson, 20, was arrested following an investigation into the brutal murder of Shirley Coleman near 10th and North Spruce Street in Wilmington. Investigators determined that Wilson targeted Coleman as an act of retaliation against her son, Antonio Russell, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2019 for the murder of Wilson’s brother, Jamiere Harris.

“This case is a tragic reminder of the all-too-common vicious cycle of violence begetting violence,” said Attorney General Kathleen Jennings. “Two lives were taken, including an innocent mother of five, to say nothing of the countless others – friends, family, neighbors – who have been traumatized by these killings. This violence is as senseless as it is heartbreaking, and we will not tolerate it. I am grateful to the prosecutors and the Wilmington police who worked diligently to bring this killer to justice, and am holding the victim’s family in my heart.”

“This sentencing reflects the results of a rigorous investigation on the part of our Criminal Investigations Division, and our unyielding commitment to deliver justice on behalf of victims of crime,” said Chief Robert J. Tracy. “I appreciate the efforts of our investigators and the Delaware Department of Justice, and hope this sentencing brings some measure of comfort to the family of Shirley Coleman.”

This sentence was secured by Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hurlock and former Deputy Attorney General Martin O’Connor, with the assistance of DOJ Paralegal Jaime Prater and DOJ Social Worker Lisa Rapko,  following an investigation led by Detective Devon Jones of the Wilmington Police Department.

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Wilmington Man Sentenced in Revenge Murder Case

Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | News | Date Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2022



A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 2018 murder. On August 26, Elgin Wilson, 20, pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, suspended after 20 years for descending levels of probation. Wilson also pleaded guilty to Conspiracy 2nd Degree and was sentenced separately to two years in prison, suspended for probation.

Wilson, 20, was arrested following an investigation into the brutal murder of Shirley Coleman near 10th and North Spruce Street in Wilmington. Investigators determined that Wilson targeted Coleman as an act of retaliation against her son, Antonio Russell, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2019 for the murder of Wilson’s brother, Jamiere Harris.

“This case is a tragic reminder of the all-too-common vicious cycle of violence begetting violence,” said Attorney General Kathleen Jennings. “Two lives were taken, including an innocent mother of five, to say nothing of the countless others – friends, family, neighbors – who have been traumatized by these killings. This violence is as senseless as it is heartbreaking, and we will not tolerate it. I am grateful to the prosecutors and the Wilmington police who worked diligently to bring this killer to justice, and am holding the victim’s family in my heart.”

“This sentencing reflects the results of a rigorous investigation on the part of our Criminal Investigations Division, and our unyielding commitment to deliver justice on behalf of victims of crime,” said Chief Robert J. Tracy. “I appreciate the efforts of our investigators and the Delaware Department of Justice, and hope this sentencing brings some measure of comfort to the family of Shirley Coleman.”

This sentence was secured by Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hurlock and former Deputy Attorney General Martin O’Connor, with the assistance of DOJ Paralegal Jaime Prater and DOJ Social Worker Lisa Rapko,  following an investigation led by Detective Devon Jones of the Wilmington Police Department.

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